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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tori. I am originally from Jamaica, currently living in Dallas, TX.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
When I began my hair journey in 2010, I was experiencing severe shedding and breakage. After being relaxed for almost 12 years, my goal was to restore the health of my relaxed hair. I watched several YouTube videos then decided to try ‘stretching’ by waiting longer than eight weeks in between relaxers. However, during my last relaxer stretch, I began falling in love with my natural texture. I remembered how thick and healthy my hair was as a child and wanted to see if it would be the same if I returned to my natural texture. I was just tired of relaxers and felt like I needed a change. Around that time I was also diagnosed with Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune disorder that causes spontaneous balding/bald spots), which sealed the deal for me to stop relaxing and just go natural! I have been 100% natural since January 2012 after transitioning for a year and a half.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
My hair is coarse and dense. According to the hair typing system, my texture would probably be considered 4b/4c. I have looser coils in the front and back, and tight coils in the top/middle sections.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
I usually do braidouts that I wear for 3 or 4 days, then I wear a puff for the rest of the week until my next wash day, then repeat. I moisturize and braid my hair with Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Raw Hemp Seed Butter. On warmer days, or to give my hair a break, I do protective styles such as braids or twists (with my own hair or with synthetic braiding hair).

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
I wash and deep condition my hair weekly, usually on a Sunday. Beginning with dry, dirty hair, I lightly spray my hair with water and deep condition under a dryer with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle, coconut oil/sweet almond oil, as well as castor oil (applied to my roots). I shampoo my hair with Tresemme Naturals Shampoo diluted with water, then follow up with a light condition with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. I apply my leave-in (Kinky Curly Knot Today) and styling products to style usually a braidout. Throughout the week I moisturize my hair as needed. I also do other deep treatments as needed, such as a protein treatment with yogurt, eggs, honey, and sweet almond oil. Since the weather is getting more hot and humid, I co-wash midweek (if needed) using Tresemme Naturals Conditioner.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
Puffs (low or high) are my go-to style.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I primarily do braidouts. Individual braids/plaits minimize shrinkage, give me more length, and make styling a bit easier.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
The middle or crown of my hair is the most coarse and tightly coiled section. It breaks easily and requires the most attention, moisture, and delicate handling. My ends also require lots of attention. They tend to get really dry and knot around themselves. I moisturize my ends more than other sections.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Deep conditioning and regularly moisturizing are important. My hair gets really dry and without moisture styling would be impossible. Protein treatments are also important. As with any other texture, a good balance between protein and moisture have helped to keep my hair strong and healthy.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Wash-n-Gos are a recipe for disaster! I jumped on the bandwagon and quickly realized it was not for me. Also, super small mini twists are cute but they take forever to install and take down, plus detangling after they are taken down gives me a headache.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
I can be found on Instagram: @Bonafidestyle
I don’t always post videos regularly, but I can also be found on YouTube: www.youtube.com/sexytoria (yea, I hate my YouTube name, but I’ve had my account since sophomore year in college and don’t feel like changing it at this point lol).

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Toni

Your description of your hair sounds very similar to my own. I just chopped my relaxed ends off tonight after an almost 22 month transition. I hope my hair ends up as sexy and fabulous as yours. By the way, your complexion is beautiful and so are you.

Tori

Thank you!! Transitioning for 22 months is a big deal!!! Congrats to you on the chop!! 🙂

cici

I love you hair, its so thick . I have thin hair i wish it was that thick.

Jenny08

I’ve never commented on this site before, but I had to for this icon. I love her hair!! It’s so gorgeous and so thick!! I’m crushing hard on her hair lol

Nicole

Your hair is gorgeous!! It grew so fast since Jan. 2012!! Love it!

A

Holy crap you have the BEST twist out/braid out I have seen on this blog yet. So thick and lush!

randommusings

Absolutely beautiful hair!

yoco

That’s some thick, healthy enviable hair!

Kan

GORGEOUS hair!! And I love the simplicity – that’s my kind of regimen. I think your hair is my favorite that I have seen on this site!

j

Nice feature….gorgeous and fab hair! It goes to show hair can thrive with a simple regime.Loving the fashion especially the leapard print top and jacket. 😀

Nikki

WhAt did you do for your alocepia?

Tori

I was treated by my dermatologist. However, I did also put castor oil on the problem areas.

D.K.

Girl, your hair is IT! Love the health and thickness and length and shine!

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Nubiahbella

Some people “envy looser curl pattern” or different hair texture etc… Frankly the only thing I am “envious” is thick natural hair, it’s too gorgeous and so versatile. the girl featured above has my dream hair luscious AND big.

Phoxxie

I agree. I love her hair because its just like mine, only longer. When I saw it my heart skipped a beat. I can see my hair like this when its longer. I have thick hair thats about 4b/c looser in the back. Small spirals throughout. When I do twist outs it looks like this. I am simple with it also. Right now Im doing a protective style challenge. Semi-mini twists in for almost 2 weeks, twist out for a few days then wash, deep condition and back in the twists for the summer.

Colalover

I agree, I think looser curl patterns are just not as exotic,or maybe exotic is not the right word? Anyway I admire thicker puffier big hair! It’s glamorous. 🙂

mimi

i don’t think that’s what the comment meant, there’s no correlation with have loose strands and thickness (amount of hair per square inch). i’m like that as well, people envy texture…i just envy density….i’d like to do mini twists with my own hair and not have a massive amount of scalp showing…or fitting one twist where others can fit 5.

msboogee

It’s not that serious

Jessica

You are gorgeous!! I love your puff in pic two

Jj

I am in love with this chick and her hair! Good lawd lol

Cynthia Jackson

Beautiful hair… love the simplicity of your regimen.

sa

Your hair is gorgeous!!

KB

She is so pretty and her hair is AMAZING.

Djanira

Your hair is amazingggggg

Sassy24

Love your hair

treece12

So much hair! Nice and thick.

Lola

LOVELY hair!

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